Do you have a favorite song to play in the car when the weather is beautiful? Just the other evening it was so lovely out that it my trip home from HEB a delight. I was rockin' the 'burbs with windows down, sunroof open, and blaring Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion. I was transported back to my teen years, also rockin' Aerosmith in the 'burbs, but in my mom's big 1974 Chevy Caprice Classic convertible. It was AWESOME.
But now I'm a yoga teacher instead of a teen, so I hear things differently. I realized this time that "sweet emotion" is a perfect phrase for chakra 2! Svadyaya is the Sanskrit word for the second chakra, and it's where we can connect to our emotional selves as well as the pleasure principle. Being able to delight in life and get information from your emotions is what svadhisthana is all about!
I don't know if this is what Aerosmith had in mind, but I think they captured it perfectly.
Emotions are such an integral part...
Bask in the sweetness of life.
Delight in life’s simple pleasures.
Take time to enjoy the good stuff.
How do you respond to these statements? Do you think, “Who’s got the time for that?” Or perhaps, “The guilt would kill me.” “That stuff is for other people.” Or “The last time I basked I hurt my back.” Maybe you’re even asking, “WHAT good stuff?”
We’re going to get into this. So right now, go get something sweet. Maybe some leftover Valentine's chocolate or a Girl Scout Cookie. Or maybe something savory, like a tasty olive. Whatever is in your kitchen (or hidden in your hideaway place) that is a delicious treat for you. Then I’ll meet you back here…
Got something? Good. Let’s meditate: